The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Holy City of the Wichitas by local author Jacqulein Vaughn Lowry. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images depicting the history of the city that started as an Easter Passion Play in the Wichita mountains.
It is a trip back in time, only 100 miles from Oklahoma City and northwest of Lawton. In the time line of history, the Holy City of the Wichitas is just a youngster at 84 years old. Here the future is spoken of as well as the past. The Holy City is now as it has always been. Visitors can walk the pathways, feel the boulder-clad buildings, be married in the breathtakingly beautiful chapel, and see the Prince of Peace pageant.
The original setting was five miles to the east in mountainous Medicine Park. Many events had been set in motion for this time in history: the economy of the day, the arrival of a slightly built young minister with a magnificent dream, and a president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was willing to become involved.
Lowry hopes that “by sharing my love for the Holy City, others will become acquainted with the very rich history and begin to participate in their own love story.”
Highlights of Holy City of the Wichitas:
• After 84 years, it is the longest running outdoor Easter pageant.
• In the early years, the pageant drew 100,000 people.
• A Hollywood-type movie of the pageant was made on the Holy City grounds in 1948
• The Holy City shares the grounds with the Wildlife Refuge where buffalo often come to rehearsal.
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